Monday, February 05, 2007

A Room With a View

There is one bird in this photo (can you find it?) and the photo didn't do it justice. It was a woodpecker, had a bright-red head and beautiful black and white back and wing feathers. If the google images are correct, it was a red-bellied woodpecker. I found it amazing that the photo looked nothing like real life!

Our schoolroom has a great view of our back yard, specifically our big ash tree. Since we moved our desks to actually face the window, we have been able to look out and dream a little. Sometimes we even see birds.

Today, even with the arctic temperatures, we had quite a show. The woodpeckers were out, with a vengeance. I'm not a bird watcher so I don't know many birds. I think this was the first time I have ever seen a woodpecker. Thomas had never seen one. I shouldn't say "a" woodpecker. We saw so many today that we lost count. We'd watch for awhile, run to the computer and hit google images and try and figure out what we were seeing, then run back. We got the binoculars out and saw them up close and personal.

We saw lots of birds today, some I knew, most I didn't. It's time to buy a field guide. We laughed at how fat they looked, knowing their feathers were just puffed up to keep them warm.

We had so much fun, in fact, that tonight while I was running errands I stopped and bought a block of suet and a suet holder. My sweet husband went outside (without his coat, even!) and hung it in the tree. Thomas is asking to make a bird feeder. I think that would be a wonderful project for him...when it warms up a bit.


Ms.L said...

We love to check out all the different birds here too.
Since we've only lived here 2.5 years,we're always 'discovering' something new

Sue said...

Birds are great to watch! It's funny that Thomas asked to build a feeder because my Wicker asked me today too. Great minds! Let me know how yours turns out.

Mama B said...

Fantastic fun! We are gearing up for the backyard bird count here at our house. Granted filling the bird feeders in 5 below isn't fun but its worth it to see my little guys with their noses pressed to the window watching the birds.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Hi, Frankie--

How are you holding up with the cold? Isn't it amazing how animals deal with it with grace and beauty.

Enjoy the view. Dreaming as you look out of the window is such an important part of childhood!

Mother Crone's Homeschool said...

We fell into birding in the same way...through the window to the back yard. It has brought us so much joy, I can tell you! Have a great time with it! One thing to consider is taking a shallow pie plate out and keeping it filled with fresh water (which often means filling it in the cold), and watching how many visit! (don't use metal-the reflections scare them away).
We ended up putting in a small pond iwth a shallow upper tier, and watch them frolick and bath in the inch deep water!